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Advanced Tracking and Replacing Tutorial

If you missed the Chicago Motion Graphics Festival, this is one of the classes you missed out on! This 34 minute tutorial covers concepts in motion tracking, rotoscoping, the graph editor, 3d space/lighting, useful workflow tips, and a whole lot more.

The lesson covers a real world project where some footage needed to be modified to be used for a different location.  The change that needed to be made was to a record label with a certain logo that had to be removed.  There are numerous challenges, as the record is spinning, the hand overlaps and manipulates the record, and there are strobe lights going off around it.

This just goes to show that, although there are many other visual effects tools out there, AE can be a very powerful tracking, roto and painting environment.

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Trapcode Form #4 – Lower Third

Trapcode Form #4 - Lower ThirdTrapcode Form is a great way to add quick design elements to pieces, even lower thirds. This project is just a simple example of what you can do with Form when using Layer Maps to control opacity, displacement, etc.You can check out Form at Toolfarm right here.     Trapcode Form – Lower Third (AE CS3)

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Trapcode Form #3 – Smoke

SmokeHere is some smoke, rising upward done in Trapcode Form. This is a bit of a render hog, so you might want to prerender this and keep it on hand. I had to really crank up the particles to get a smooth look (they really could be turned up even more).Trapcode Form Smoke Project (AECS3)

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Trapcode Form – Preset#2

Wave Reflective LogoWhat the heck.. two in one day. We don’t get a new Trapcode plug-in every day (I wish we did.. the parties are awesome). This uses some simple settings in Form to make some smooooth lines. I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing this a lot in the near future.This project utilizes the “Kaleidospace” function of Form to create a reflection of the lines, as well as some typical AE trickery to get a reflective look.Check out the plug-in on Toolfarm.Trapcode Form – Waves and Reflections Project (AE CS3)